Hanalei Blog

December 4, 2014 by, Lindsey

It is that time of year again, for the annual Waipa Kalo Festival !

To some, this may make perfect sense. I also understand that some folks may not know what Waipa and Kalo mean. First things first. Waipa refers to the foundation that is putting on this event. The Waipa Foundation values connecting people with the land and natural resources around them. Secondly, Kalo is part of the taro plant. It is an edible, starchy, nutrient rich plant that is grown in Hawaii as well as other places around the world.

Ok, so back to the festival… this is like a strawberry festival or an orange festival, but it is a kalo festival. Get it? ;)

The festival is for everything kalo! It is happening this Sunday, December 7th on Hanalei Bay. Activities commence at 11am and go until about 5pm. There will be live entertainment and music. It is very family friendly I might add. Some of the highlighted events include a waterslide and a recipe contest. Of course there will be other activities for kids to keep them entertained and busy.

For just $5 for adults ages 18 and up, and $1 for kids, this is an event you do not want to miss. It is an affordable price for all of the fun you get! Bring a beach blanket, sunwear, and enjoy the day on the beach and with some good community company. Proceeds benefit the Waipa Foundation.

October 27, 2014 by, Lindsey

I have some great news for Kauai residents and visitors alike. The North Shore Shuttle service has launched earlier this month, and this is such welcoming news.

For residents, this is a shuttle/van system that can conveniently take you places where you want to go. For visitors, this may be even better news! When I travel somewhere new, I don’t know the land, the roads, even a general sense of direction for me is completely gone. My family jokes about this with me, and I have come to laugh along too. So if it were me coming to Kauai, I would be so very thankful for someone else to shuttle me around!

The shuttle service runs on the North Shore, and moves about between Princeville, Hanalei, Wainiha, Haena, and Kee. Fares for visitors are just $2 each way, and residents are charged $1. This is very reasonable… I like it for it is paid transportation and navigation all in one! Experience Kauai is the name of the shuttle service. There are two shuttles and one runs from 6am to 6pm and the other, from 9am to 9pm.

To see the full tours and shuttles schedule, check out their main website at http://kauaishuttles.com/tours-and-shuttles/. You can better see where the shuttles go to and from, as well as see their airport shuttle service. They offer 14 seater vans for most of the commuting, not a bus. They so on-call shuttle service, as well as plan-ahead appointments. I personally vote for the latter, as I am such a planner. This will likely ensure reduced fees instead of doing a last minute call for a higher price if you know what I mean…

October 15, 2014 by, Lindsey

Ok, now this is a super family fun worthy event, and all towards a good cause! At Kauai Mini Golf and Botanical Gardens is Kilauea is a Mini Golf Fundraiser this Saturday, October 18th from 11am to 3pm. It is a fundraiser for the Aloha School Early Learning Center. They are a non-profit organization that offer early learning education to young children. The school is in Hanalei, and Kauai Mini Golf and Botanical Gardens is in Kilauea (5-2723 Kuhio Hwy, Kilauea, HI 96754 to be exact).

I heard about the event from a co-worker, and I thought I would share! It is a fundraiser for the school, and it costs $15 per person or $50 for a family of four; children ages 3 and under are free. This entrance fee includes all activities and mini golf itself, games, crafts, face painting, and –wait for it– glitter tattoos! How much fun is that. Most kids love to get those fake tattoos, and now add glitter– that is taking it to a new level. ;) Yay for the kids… I love it when the kids win! (Glitter tattoos and helping out the early education Aloha School.) What a win-win situation.

On the flyer I got, it says there will also be a silent auction, as well as a lucky drawing (tickets are $5 each). I’m not sure what is being auctioned, nor what the lucky drawing prize is–I suppose you and I will have to go there and find out now, won’t we?!

September 26, 2014 by, Lindsey

Looking for something to do this coming weekend? Remember the Waioli Mission House and Church I blogged about earlier? If not, read about it here: http://www.kauai-vacation-rentals.com/waioli-mission-house-church/

Anyway, tomorrow, Saturday September 27th is Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day, and admission to tour the 1836 Waioli Mission House is free! I just love the word free, for the most part. From 9am to 3pm admission and guided tours are free on the this one day only. If you are in Hanalei or on the Kauai’s North Shore in general, you won’t want to miss this opportunity.

Now that I mention it, I have not been in awhile! I think I will make the time to tour the mission house and get a mini history lesson while I’m at it. I love hearing stories, and the folks who used to live here sure have a lot of stories to tell. The guided tours are nice, and I like to hear the questions and answers as well. I can be a bit shy in crowds, so I usually do the listening. If I do have a question, I am the one to say it in my head over and over until I am satisfied with how I phrased it. I am a detailed person and I can get pretty specific in my questions and thoughts! If you happen to be on the tour when I am there, I’ll be the quiet and observant one! ;)

September 25, 2014 by, Lindsey

Want to go to the beach? Can’t seem to decide on which one? I want to give a shout-out to Lumahai Beach in Hanalei, on Kauai’s North Shore.

Lumahai brags of white sandy beaches. Oh that glorious sand is fantastic! I was there just the other day and I enjoyed falling in love with this beach again; the waves, the rocks, the sand. I usually see people just walking the shoreline at sunset. Very romantic spot!

This is not one of those overly populated beaches either, there is not too much influence of humans here, so it is picturesque and all natural in its element. I suggest other beaches for swimming and snorkeling. If you want to feel like you are one of the first people to step foot on a beach, this is the one for you!

If perhaps your or someone in your group is unable to get to the water’s edge for some beach walking, maybe the lookout point from the main road will suffice. It provides a great lookout and photography spot that I recommend. You can also find Lumahai Beach on numerous postcards on Kauai if that is something you prefer to do.

So get on out there and live a little! That is what I was up to this past weekend. I tend to do a lot of thinking during my beach walks, and the water’s rise and fall comforts me and soothes my soul. It is a way for me to think, to heal, to rejuvenate. I encourage my readers to do the same.

September 20, 2014 by, Lindsey

Speaking of restaurants (can you tell food is on my mind?) I thought I would share about one of my favorite and inexpensive restaurants on Kauai. I am all about good food, but I also keep to my personal budget. I can imagine for travelers that sticking to a budget might be part of the vacation plan. So let me present to you one of my favorites that is good for the wallet and good for the belly ;)

Bubba’s Burgers

Bubba’s can be found all over Kauai, but I frequent the ones on Kauai’s North Shore. This is not your ordinary burger place… they offer fresh, grass-fed Kauai beef burgers on their menu! See Bubba’s menu here for the serious inquirer. Let your eyes find their way to the milkshakes on the menu as well, and you will not be disappointed with their real ice cream.

This is a great place, really. Location, price, quality of the food… yes, yes and yes again! They have been in business since 1936 and are good at what they do. Bubba’s saying is “Always juicy, never greasy.” I sure like it that way. They are very a very family friendly place, and the atmosphere is just right in my opinion. Check them out in Hanalei :)

Looking for some things to do on Kauai’s north shore? Well, you don’t have to look too hard to find ‘em. Follow my blog and I will share with you things to do, activities, news of events going on, as well as some places to stay.

Today I thought it would be nice to highlight the Waioli Mission House and Church in Hanalei. Here is the trip advisor link to the Mission House. It is a famous Hanalei Town landmark, built in 1837. It is officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places. What is so special about this place? It is rich in history–let me tell you!

Abner and Lucy Wilcox were missionaries back in 1837 and this was their home. It has a lava rock chimney and is furnished with timely koa furniture. They couple had eight sons, all born in this house. Oh and what I find fascinating is the clock on the wall that was put up in1866 (my sources tell me) that keeps perfect time still! Also on the property is the Waioli Huiia Church, which started operations in 1834.

From a historical standpoint these two structures stand out to me as special. I love to see history alive. It has always been neat to walk through old places like that, to literally walk in other people’s footsteps from long ago. In another sense, it makes me all the more grateful for what amenities we have today! I’m just being honest. :)

Alright… those of you who are into fitness, pay attention. Those of you who are not into fitness but like to have fun, pay attention. Fitness meets fun at this upcoming event that I just saw on the calendar. For those who are coming to Kauai as visitors, please come and join in the fun! Consider this your personal invitation from me :)

Saturday, August 30th from 7am to 3pm at Wai’oli Beach Park “Pinetrees” Hanalei on Kauai’s North Shore is this year’s Fitness Fair and SUP Sprint. That title might sound intimidating, but trust me, it is not. It really is a fitness fair for all people or all ages.

There are two main events (besides the live music which I will get to as well). First is the SUP Sprint on Hanalei Bay. This is a BYO-SUP (bring your own SUP) event for a half mile route. It is all in good fun.

Second is the fit challenge consisting of three 1-minute timed events. How easy is that? The three events are jump rope, push-ups and sit-ups. Did I mention it is all in good fun? I cannot do that many push-ups…really though, I max-out after about 10 seconds. On that note, let me mention there are both male and female friendly competitions that also breaks down by age group: kids 12 and under, teen 13-19, adult 20-39, and adult over 40.

Click here for the registration form.

Last but not least, this is a family friendly competition, but it is noteworthy that there are prizes based on registration. Participation waivers will need to be signed upon check in on the day of the event, Saturday. Now I just need to decide if I am going to participate or not…. :) maybe?

I have the perfect event for a Sunday Funday this coming weekend. It is the 2nd Annual Music & Mango Festival brought to you by the Waipa Foundation. This organization has been going strong now for over 20 years, connecting the community with hands on sustainable farming. They are all about the land and the resources, and using them responsibly. Here’s their webpage if you’d like to learn more about this great organization: www.waipafoundation.org

So this Sunday, August 17th at the Halulu Fishpond in Hanalei is where the festival will be held. Activities begin at 11am and it goes until 5pm. Adults admission is $10 and kids ages 3-18 are just $1. It is a family friendly event, and it is also noteworthy that it is held outdoors. There will still be easy handicap access though.

What is all of the hype about? Well, mangos and some good music! There will be food booths, crafts, auctions going on, mini-classes and hands-on workshops. There will be cultural displays as well as live entertainment and live music, of course.

Here’s what I suggest you bring if you are planning to attend: Admission money, spending money, a beach blanket or lawn chairs for the family to relax in, protection from the sun such as a hat and sunscreen, and other specialty needs as it pertains to your family or group (ie stroller, extra water bottles, etc). See you there?!

August 10, 2014 by, Lindsey

I saw this in my newsfeed this morning, and knew I had to blog about it. I think it is so neat and something that we could all learn from! Here’s the specs on this upcoming event…

What It’s a free class on Hawaiian Medicinal Plants (La’au Lapa’au). Here is the link to the facebook site.

Who This class is hosted and taught by Gabriel Monaghan. (I wonder how long he has been doing this, and what credential backing he has to prove his research and everything. Well, I guess I’ll find out!)

Where It is this Wednesday night at the Hanalei Community Center (also referred to as Hale Halawai ‘Ohana ‘OHanalei). 55299 Kuhio Hwy C, Hanalei, Hawaii 96714 is the address.

When The free first class is this Wednesday, August 13th from 5pm to about 6:30pm. The post I saw says there are 12 classes for a fee, but this first introductory class is free and open to the public.

Why Why is this news worthy? I know there are medicinal healing abilities in plants. I am oh so curious to know more about the plants around us and how I can use them. At the very minimum, my curiosity has peaked and I want to know what kind of info this guy has to say.

Most people love live music. There is a certain ambiance that is created and you realize how alive and invigorating it is to have a live performance rather than hearing songs on the radio. What I am trying to say, is that I have really come to enjoy live music over the years. As my maturity in music has evolved as I have gotten older, I am much more appreciative of live performances.

This Friday, August 8th at the Hanalei Community Center there will be the “Mountain to Sea Slack Key Guitar and Ukulele Concert” that is the show you do not want to miss! Really, this has gotten high ratings and good reviews on sites like TripAdvisor. I heard about this concert coming to town, and I find it odd that I have not been to one of their live shows before. Anyway, the show starts at 4PM at the Hanalei Community Center. Tickets are priced for adults at $20 per person, and then seniors and kids are $15 each, children age 5 and under are free admission.

For more information and to purchase your tickets online, follow this link. This is the Number One Best Live Show in Hawaii after all, as voted by Hawaii Magazine Readers’ Choice. I think this is the year I make my debut at this concert! How about you?

If you are anything like me, you simply love the beach. The ocean, the waves, the sand, the sun, the whole package! I am pleased to share that one of my favorite events is back this year, back on the beach. The Sand Castle Contest in Hanalei is coming up on Saturday, August 2nd from 11am to 4pm.

I am excited to watch these artists at work. I do not compete myself, no, I am one to observe and appreciate the skill and effort put into these pieces of art. This is a free contest and all artists are welcome. Yes, that means kids through adults, all are welcome to compete. Years past have been very easy going where it comes not feel like a competition at all, more like groups coming out and ‘playing’ in the sand. Individuals are welcome, as well as teams of any size and age range. I love that about this friendly competition. Note that there are prizes, but really I think the experience is the gemstone here.

This is a family friendly event in Hanalei Bay. Schedule it into your plans that Saturday and enjoy some good times out by the water’s edge with some great sand art. I am adding this to my planner, that’s for sure.

Want to volunteer? There are many jobs to do to help prepare for this event before, during and after. Click here if you want to know more about this neat opportunity, or to know more about the event in general. Also see some pictures from past years contests. :)

This Saturday the 26th is the annual Hanalei Bay Swim Challenge! Staying on Kauai’s north shore? Do you like to swim in races or maybe just like to cheer on the swimmers? This event is perfect to attend. If you have a swimmer in your family, click here for Race Registration. This is a family friendly event, and all swimmers are welcome. For more general information for attendees, read more at this link for General Information.

I personally have not competed in the swim challenge, but I know plenty of folks who have. It is a good time and a high energy environment. I like that they have spots for the kids as well. I was cruising around on their website, and I found that there is indeed a 1000 meter route and a 3000 meter course for adults. The start of this event is near Hanalei Pier, just next to Hanalei Beach Park.

This is the ocean, and safety is the first priority. This event has been and will be well monitored both from the shoreline and out in the water with jet skis and paddle boards. With as much media attention as this swim challenge gets, there is sure to be more than enough lifeguards and other safety officials there.

July 3, 2014 by, Lindsey

There is a relatively new tradition that I want to share about, and invite you to come to. It is this Saturday, July 5th at the Hanalei Pavilion Beach Park. It is the annual “After the Fireworks” event. This is a time where we as a community can come together and clean up the Bay from all of the fireworks litter and debris left behind from the night before. I love a good fireworks show, but I will readily admit that I love Hanalei Bay more, much, much more.

The gathering of helpers to commence the cleanup will meet at 9am. I was told to bring gloves and a shovel if you have one. I suggest wearing a hat of some sort, and to wear sunscreen. There will be other cleanup supplies provided. Contact Kelly at 808-826-2218 if you have any further questions. She is the point of contact for this event.

I chose to blog about this to inform more of our community about this productive annual tradition. For those who are living here and those who are visiting, please come on out and lend a helping hand. In years past I heard there are light refreshments served as well. Very thoughtful for the sponsors of this little event to have something like that. Hope to see you there!

June 20, 2014 by, Lindsey

Usually I am on my game and can share about some fun and interesting things to do on Kauai, but this one is last minute! I have just the thing for folks to do on Kauai’s north shore for tomorrow night, Saturday, June 21st. At Tahiti Nui, a great eatery, there will be a live performance by Guadi! They are calling it a Summer Solstice Show. After all, it is the first day of summer tomorrow. ;)

Tahiti Nui is in Hanalei, located at 5-5134 Kuhio Highway. This public concert begins in the evening (9pm), and I suggest getting there sooner rather than later. Get something tasty to eat at Tahiti Nui like their baby back ribs, or their Garden Isle salad. They are also a cocktail lounge, so if that is something you would like to purchase, for those age 21 and up go right on ahead. Also on the menu are beer and wine.

If you are in the area, I think this would be a great thing to go to, for you night owls. If you are not in the area, it is worth your time to come on up and check out Guadi, Tahiti Nui, and the rest of Kauai’s north shore. Here in Hanalei with the bay and everything, it is not a place you should pass on through. Come on over, stay awhile!

June 5, 2014 by, Lindsey

I saw this post in my newsfeed this morning. The picture is almost as good as the real thing! ;) If you have not been to Kauai’s north shore, you should really put it on your bucket list if it is not there already. Hanalei Bay is simply gorgeous and a very awakening place to be. By awakening, I mean it makes me feel alive. It engages all of my senses when I am there. The sights are magnificent, the smells extraordinary (in a good way), the sounds soothing and calming, and the touch of the sand on your feet and the wind at your back makes me feel alive. I love it when I get moments out of my day to stop, and smell the roses. I like it when I catch myself with all of my senses screaming at me! The beauty, the weather of this place is nine times out of ten, perfect! Even then, I do appreciate variety in weather.

Want to talk about weather in Hanalei? How does 79 degrees Fahrenheit sound? Partly cloudy? There is a chance of rain later today, but that does not affect the temperature much at all. There’s nothing wrong with a little spring sprinkling. That picture I posted is spot on when it comes to describing today’s weather. Just enough clouds to keep the sun playing peek-a-boo.

Hanalei Bay is a gorgeous place to come and stay… and to play and learn too! Why not learn about Kauai’s history and indulge yourself into some knowledge? The Hoopulapula Haraguchi Rice Mill and Taro Farm has a tour that is just what you were asking for when you asked for an informative, historical indulgence into Kauai’s past.

The tours are by appointment only, so follow the link to get connected and set your tour date with the good people at the Haraguchi Rice Mill (www.haraguchiricemill.org). Or you can call them at (808) 651-3399. While I’m at it and looking up their exact information, here is their address too: 5-5070 Kuhio Hwy, Hanalei, HI 96714.

So this facility is part rice mill, part taro farm. There used to be acreage that supported rice, but that has since turned into an active taro farm. What is taro you may ask? Taro (or kalo) is a plant that produces what is called “poi.” Poi is a common staple food on Hawaii. From what I know about it, it is very nutritious, hypo-allergenic, and gentle on sensitive tummies. I know some who have used it as a milk substitute even. Ok, perhaps you know a bit more about taro now. :)

I do not want to give away all of the neat and interesting facts about this family owned farm, but I will tell you that you will not regret going! For the tour, dress accordingly and be prepared to get your shoes wet or maybe even muddy. This is a hands-on, interactive, and very informative tour. I was able to appreciate the Haraguchi’s dedication and work ethic to this historical place as they continue to farm this precious land.

Thinking of staying at a resort on Kauai? The Hanalei Bay Resort has condos perfect for a vacation rental getaway. These condos have all that you need to get that perfect atmosphere surrounding you and your family and friends while staying on Kauai. The Garden Island’s north shore is the place to stay when you are coming to Kauai!

This condo has it all when it comes to amenities! It is a three bedroom, two bath rental. There are two king sized bedrooms (so that sleeps four people right there) and there is a loft bedroom with two twin beds (so that’s another two people). It sleeps six people in beds–consider the couches if you have another person you are needing to squeeze in a spot to sleep.

There is air conditioning. This might seem like something standard depending on where you live, but I just wanted to note it in case it was something you were really seeking out in a vacation rental. The entire resort has wireless internet! There are also flat screen TV’s in all of the bedrooms and in the living room. This makes for some good ol’ fashioned down-time when you are relaxing at this resort.

A resort with kitchens in its condos? Yes! Hanalei Bay Resort 6301 has a full sized kitchen. This makes vacationing so much easier when you have access to a sink, water, a fridge and freezer, stovetop, oven, etc. If you have special dietary needs or are traveling with someone who does, this will make your vacation go much more smoothly. Being able to shop and have food nearby at all times will ensure peace of mind and some monetary savings. ;)

Speaking of savings, this resort vacation rental rents as low as $2,100 per week! For all that you get, this is a real deal. For a resort with an ocean view, you cannot get much better of a rate as this. Oh–and let me finish telling you about the rest of the amenities… There is a full sized washer and dryer in the unit. How convenient is that?

Do you like tennis? The resort have a full-service tennis court and pro-shop. Just imagine the views while playing a few rounds in the morning. It’s a gorgeous place to stay and play. The resort’s pool is also a big plus! Be sure to check out the pictures and availability calendar at the link I listed in this post. Places like this make staying on Kauai’s north shore easy and affordable in my opinion.

May 14, 2014 by, Lindsey

Let’s talk beaches! Which one to go to? What to expect? I can understand it may be overwhelming to select a beach to go to. You want to go to one that meets your needs. Some are private, some are more busy and populated. Some are high on the bluffs, others have some smooth sand. There is quite a variety on Kauai. Today I want to spotlight Lumahai Beach in Hanalei. This north shore beach is one you may just fall in love with. ;)

Have you ever seen the movie “South Pacific?” If so, you have seen Lumahai Beach! This is a good beach for photographs, beach walking, sunset viewing, and some snorkeling. There is a lifeguard on duty during normal hours.

There are magnificent black lava rocks around and in the water. The contrast, the colors, it is all just so picturesque. The sand is so white. Did I mention the colors already? Blue, black, white, add in some green from the trees and some white from the clouds (if any) and you have got yourself a perfect picture! The sand–that is what I wanted to talk about before I got carried away–the sand is a dream. I do not know how else to say it really. If you are looking for a beach to walk and talk along, feel the wind in your hair, and watch a beautiful sunset at–Lumahai Beach is perfect for you. Memories and special moments are made here!

So you want to come here? Here is the Google Map results of Lumahai Beach. After following that link click on directions and you should be able to navigate how to get there from your location on Kauai.

May 12, 2014 by, Lindsey

Well, I sit here now having a quiet evening at home. It was a busy day for me on this Mother’s Day. I got to be with my mom most of the day and spend some quality family time with her. It was a relaxing day in that there were no demands on me, nor were there on her. It was a day of rejuvenation and time invested into our relationship. Now that I am an adult (and have been for some time now,) we have become good friends, my mom and me. It is neat to look back and see that shift in our relationship from parent to child, from friend to friend. Do not get me wrong, I will always be her baby girl she tells me, but it is different now that I am an adult and I am pioneering my own path in life.

First we started the day off with sleeping in. Yes, a lazy start. It was rather nice. I literally had nothing on my calendar but the number 11 on the page and the tiny printed words “Mother’s Day” that came on the calendar when I bought it. My mom and I met up for lunch at The Hanalei Gourmet. It was just the right mix of formal meets affordable for me. Yes, I bought her meal! Then we went to Relish (also in Hanalei) to get a mani-pedi. I am glad I booked us an appointment when I did. After that we headed for the beach. We went for a stroll along the beach and joined up with my dad and some other family friends. It was so natural, so easy today. I like it when I have nothing on the calendar and still things seem to go just as planned. That is what made me want to blog about today. It was just so carefree, simple, and yet so perfect. I wish now I had more vacation time so I could have more days like today. Days with family and friends. I cherish days like this.

Happy Mother’s Day!